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The internet as a resource for musical ideas - by Hassan Azad

This article is addressed principally to the advanced student of sitar in the West. The East, especially Japan and China, have produced world-class musicians who play western music and have contributed to all aspects of this music. Yet, despite the interest in the music of the Subcontinent since the early sixties and the immense popularity this music enjoys amongst professional western musicians, there seem to be no performers of note – at least to my knowledge- which the West has produced in this genre. What could be the reason? Is it that the West has perfected a method of education which has allowed this music to take root in the East? Is it the numerous studies which have been composed by outstanding composers which has facilitated its transmission?

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The internet as a resource for musical ideas